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BeCS Seminar

Seminar organized by the BeCS Network in Finland

Monthly meetings Online on Zoom


The BeCS (Behaviour Change Science) seminar features speakers from our network and beyond, presenting work in progress and work completed. The seminar series is organized by the BeCS Network in Finland. Anyone interested in our topics is welcome to join the seminar!


Join the Zoom here (meeting id: 675 4394 9435, passcode: 1).

Autumn 2022 schedule:

Upcoming BeCS seminar sessions will be held on every fourth Thursday at 15-17 (Helsinki time). Note: Some talks in this autumn are held in Finnish (see the title of the talks).

The dates for the sessions are:

Thursday 31.8. at 15-17

Elina Renko, Miira Niska: Mistä on hyvä sisällönanalyysi tehty? Keskustelua sisällönanalyysista ja temaattisesta analyysista


Thursday 28.9. at 15-17

Kaisa Saurio: Avoimen tieteen perusteet: MOOC ja avoin materiaali

Thursday 26.10. at 15-17

Malin Ekholm: Developing effective self-management support in the care of chronic kidney disease: Research plan for the Better Health at Home -project

Melina Puolamäki: A feasibility study of the MotiStyleSport intervention (preliminary title)

Thursday 30.11. at 15-17

Joel Crawford (Linköping University, Sweden): Using digital interventions to change lifestyle behaviours

Spring 2023 schedule and speakers:

Thursday 16.2. at 15-17

Matti Heino: Weaving Systems into Behavioural Public Policy: Attractors and (Anti-)Fragilities

Daniel Phipps: The Role of Explicit and Implicit Processes on Health Behaviours (A PhD Summary)

Thursday 9.3. at 15-17

Elina Renko: Analysis process in longitudinal qualitative research: Some insights

Kaitlyn Werner: A polyregulation approach to self-control

Thursday 30.3. at 15-16

Melina Puolamäki: MotiStyleSport: Pilottitutkimuksesta RCT-vaiheeseen (lyhyt esitys yhteistyökumppaneille)
Minttu Palsola: Miten tukea sosiaalityöntekijöiden motivointitaitojen muutosta ja muutoksen pysyvyyttä? Alustavia pohdintoja käyttäytymismuutoskeinojen opettamisesta Taitava-hankkeen MI-interventiossa

The talks in this BeCS seminar session are held in Finnish and the session begins at 15 EEST (UTC +3) due to the shift to daylight saving time. 

Thursday 20.4. at 15-17

Roope Kaaronen (UH): Heuristics in the wild

Sophie Green: Optimising complex interventions: the development and optimisation of a complex intervention to support medication adherence in women with breast cancer

Thursday 11.5. at 15-17

Jenni Spännäri: Virtual reality – not only fun and games. Transforming organizational culture with VR-based methods

Jenni Spännäri is a university lecturer (University of Helsinki) and head of research (CoHumans Ltd). In the seminar she will present a project funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund. The aim of the project is to develop a training method targeting communication skills in organizations and utilizing Virtual Reality (VR) technology.


Prof. Nelli Hankonen: How could the self-determination theory be used in public policy? A qualitative study of public servants’ views during a behavioral and systems insight training (Conference talk rehearsal for the SDT conference 2023)

Thursday 8.6. at 15-17

Anu Linnansaari: Rehearsal for lectio praecursoria

Matti Heino: ”What a horrible thought, that I might have graduated without doing this course”: Pedagogical solutions for fun and profit during CARMA (Critical Appraisal of Research Methods and Analysis)

Autumn 2022 schedule and speakers:

Thursday 29.9. at 15-17

Matti Heino: Complexity-informed interventions from participants’ self-quantified narratives: Innovation or a marketing ploy?

Dr Katri Kostamo: Iteratiivinen ja monimenetelmällinen osatutkimus Let’s Move It -intervention prosessiarvioinnissa

Thursday 27.10. at 15-17

Dr Elina Renko: Learning narrative competence: qualitative evaluation of social work and health care professionals’ experiences of participating in a reflective writing course

Eleonoora Hintsa: Identification and use of habit promoting techniques for physical activity maintenance

Tuesday 8.11. at 8.45-9.45

Dr Karoline Villinger: Dyadic behavior change in romantic couples

Monday 14.11. at 8.45-9.45

Dr Olga Perski: Improving the precision of behaviour change theories: Study protocol for the development and validation of a dynamic computational model of lapse risk in smokers attempting to stop (COMPLAPSE)

Tuesday 13.12. at 15-17

Melina Puolamäki: Improving motivational interaction styles of physical activity promotion and sports professionals: preliminary results from the feasibility study

Dr Katri Kostamo: Experiences of advancing the use of behavioural science in public policy: an expert interview study

Spring 2022 schedule and speakers:

Thursday 27.1. at 15-17

Asst Prof Keegan Knittle: Feasibility study of the In Charge Intervention

Kaisa Saurio: Psychology’s next crisis is a measurement crisis

Thursday 17.2. at 15-17

Dr Olga Perski: Technology-mediated just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) to reduce harmful substance use: a systematic review

Minttu Palsola: Using behaviour change theories to improve uptake of motivating interaction styles: Preliminary results from the MotiStyleSport pretest phase

Thursday 10.3. at 15-17

Matti Heino: Insights from complexity science to complement traditional behaviour change investigations

Malin Ekholm: Systematic review of interventions to increase treatment adherence in chronic kidney disease.

Thursday 7.4. at 15-17

Dr Matthias Aulbach: Prejudice reduction as behavior change interventions?

Dr Katri Kostamo: Qualitative analysis of situation-specific influences on face mask use during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Wednesday 11.5. at 15-17

Dr Elina Renko: Individual complex pathways of changing motivational interaction behaviours: Qualitative process evaluation with a complex systems lens

Prof Nelli Hankonen: The role of behavioural theory in intervention development

Tuesday 14.6. at 14-15.30

Prof. Nelli Hankonen (TAU): Understanding intervention participants’ behaviour change pathways

Asst. Prof. Keegan Knittle (JYU): Overview of the ProAct project – Developing theory-based interventions to promote physical activity in sedentary parent-child dyads